"SPINNERIN AM KREUZ" Vienna Off The Beaten Path Tip by mel_bee

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  Night time view of the monument
by mel_bee

This 21 metre high monument is located on Triesterstrasse in the 10th district. It was originally built in 1375 but was destroyed and rebuilt in 1451.

The legend behind this statue goes something like this:

A recently married women was heartbroken when her new husband was called up to fight in the crusades. She accompanied him to the Wienerberg where there was an old wooden cross and told him she would wait for him until he returned from the battle. Every day she took her spinning wheel and worked by the cross and waited. She became a well known figure in the area. So the story goes she decided to build a stone monument to replace the cross and enlisted the help of a famous sculptor. She believed her husband would return when the monument was finished. It was finished after a year but there was no sign. She waited and waited for three years. Eventually many of the soldiers returned from the crusades but her husband was not among them, that evening as she was about to go home she saw a haggard man on crutches and decided to ask him if he had any news of her husband. As she looked into his face, she realised she recognized his eyes - it was her husband! He was suprised that she had waited so long and told her that he had been imprisoned for years. From then onwards they were inseparable and lived happily ever after.

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2004
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